November 16, 2018
Servant leadership is all about serving the needs of others, helping others become their very best. Servant Leaders are distinct from any other leadership style by their remarkable and sustainable results. Authoritarian and dictatorship styles may have a short term sense of effectiveness, but they are not sustainable nor really that effective.
- “The best test is: do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?”—Robert Greenleaf
Characteristics of a servant leader: authentic listener, empathetic, persuasive, integrity, committed, humble, awake and emotionally intelligent.
- Your character is the source of your power as a leader.
- Your growth as a person is tied to your influence as a leader.
- Persuasion is the tool of the servant leader. Never force.
“Humility is the litmus test of leadership, whether a person is a master or a charlatan.”—Mark Devine
In the opinion of thought leader Brendon Burchard, servant leadership is the only kind of leadership. The title is duplicitous. You don’t say a “two-wheeled bicycle.” Redundant. Similarly , servant and leadership are one in the same. “Servant leaders are true leaders. As a matter of fact, I don’t see any appreciable distinction between true leaders and other kinds. You don’t say, ‘This is a true bicycle’; it is or it isn’t a bicycle. Likewise, a person is or isn’t a leader.”
November 8, 2018
Reduce and Eliminate Fear in Your Life
Fear doesn't have to be such a controlling influence in your life. Understand and implement the Circles of Fear to target your anxiety and then rid yourself of it’s limiting and negative influence in your life. Start with identifying your real fears. Look introspectively and ask enough “why” questions to understand what you’re really afraid of. Then apply the “Circle of Fears” and determine how you can rid your life of fear, or at least the impact and influence of it.
Check out an in depth blog article on The Circle of Fears here: http://affectepic.com/the-circles-of-fear/
October 23, 2018
The Power of Gratitude - Grow Yourself & Grow Your Possibilities
Gratitude is not a noun. Yet, every dictionary sees it as a noun. It is so much more than something you can possess. There is a higher law of Gratitude and that higher law is all VERB. It is an action and something you experience. It can and should become a part of your very way of being. Being grateful is different than having gratitude. Know the difference and see how the power of gratitude can influence your life and the lives of those around you.
October 17, 2018
The Power of Respect.
There is power in understanding, possessing, commanding, and demonstrating respect. Do you even know how to define it? Most do not.
Understand the principle of respect. Understand how to cultivate your own respect. Know more about the judgments you are passing on others, including yourself.
October 11, 2018
This isn’t about working more, or working harder. This is about a paradigm shift, to see things differently. This is about seeing work as a tool to leverage your power. Is work powerful or non-powerful in your life. Is it useful or not useful in your life. Is it creating epic results in your life or not? It goes without saying that hard work is necessary for any significant or epic achievement. In many instances missing the element of hard work is the difference between something not even happening at all, and in many other cases it is the difference in that thing happening well.
Principles of WORK. Hard work is Powerful work:
- Work Ethic is a pathway to Excellence
- Own Your Work
- Powerful Work is driven by Purpose, Clear Intention, and Commitment
- Powerful Work can be Enjoyable
- Powerful Work porvides Challenge and Variety
- Work is a Pathway to You becoming a Person of Character
- Every Vitrue has a Counterfiet
October 3, 2018
Faith as a principle of power
Lets be clear that we do not mean faith in the context of religion (although it applies there as well). We mean faith in the context of belief that propels action. Strong character increases your capacity to exercise faith and as you act in faith, you fortify your character. Faith and character are inseparable.
You can create your world around you or be created by the world around you. You are a creator. Constantly creating. This requires clear intentions and much commitment, but it all starts with FAITH/BELIEF.
Faith/Belief is the foundation of creation. Without faith, you won’t create. Faith/Belief is the foundation of change. Faith is a foundation of the growth mindset that your brain, talents and abilities can grow. Faith is the foundation to self-mastery. Faith is the foundation to leadership, inspiring others to follow your actions and believe your words. Faith is a foundation of motivation, believing that you are capable of doing and being. Motivation comes from feeling, not knowing. We all “know enough”. What we lack is motivation to act, and at the root of that is a lack of faith. Faith gives you the ability to look past the challenges of the moment and into the future of powerful creation. Faith is all about the future. It is built on the past, but doesn’t live there. It lives in the future. Faith is the great moving power that changes lives.
September 19, 2018
Interview with Navy Seal Dan Cerrillo.
In this epic podcast we had the privilege of interviewing navy seal Dan Cerrillo. Dan is an incredible human being with an incredible amount of experience. His insight into some of the tough questions of life is founded in his Seal team training and experiences. We are proud to have had the opportunity to learn from him and discuss together such topics as Mental Toughness, BUDS, Teamwork, Commitment, Determination, leadership and more.
Dan is also a successful businessman committed to his family and his businesses. Listen to his comments, answers and insights to our questions through this podcast. We are positive you will listen to this episode multiple times – we already have and we learn something new each time!
Thank you Dan for spending some time with us and for sharing with our listeners your incredible insights.
September 12, 2018
Winning the Battle Against Depression
In this podcast episode Ben Dodge and Erik Huso discuss the power of the principles of Affect Epic and how they can help you win the battle of depression. Depression is very common. It is one of the most, if not most common mental illnesses in the U.S. According to a recent study the most severe sort of depression labeled a major depressive episode is experienced by an estimated 16.2 million adults in the U.S. and 3.1 million adolescents. The prevalence of adults with a major depressive episode was highest among individuals aged 18-25. And women were more than 2x more likely to experience depression. (See https://www.everydayhealth.com/depression/guide/ and https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/major-depression.shtml#part_155029).
These principles will help you reduce and even eliminate depression in your life. Living authentically, retaining your power of choice, living in integrity, staying clear on your commitments, managing the If Then mindset, the power of belief, the power and choice of hope, and more. Live liberated and win your battle against depression. In many cases these principles can even help prevent depression from setting in.
September 4, 2018
Most of the complaints that we have about them is our fault, the way we raised them, the way we coddled them, helicopter them, and enabled them. We’ve wanted to shield them from all the challenges made a strong, and in so doing, in some cases have weaken their ability to cope with difficulties and trials.
On the other hand, millennials are giving us a great gift if we would just open our eyes and stop judging them. They are less motivated by extrinsic factors. Carrots and sticks don’t drive them. When they identify a cause greater than themselves they jump all in. They are willing to sacrifice their personal life, their emotional health, positions of power or money. They can teach us a lot about what matters most.
Fundamental attribution error leads us to a fixed mindset, and limits our influence with young people.
So how do we lead, inspire, connect with and motivate millennials who in a few years will make up 3/4 of the workforce?
- Give them meaningful work.
- Honor their desire to balance personal and professional life. Most aren't going to be committed to work. Find out what they are committed to and help them be aligned with those commitments. Inspire them and coach them to accomplish what they are committed to. They will either leave your organization or they will be all in for you.
- Don't insult them with carrots as motivators. What drives them isn't money. As long as the money is in the ballpark, more money won't motivate them.
- Have career conversations with them so you know what their professional goals are. If they are in alignment with their skillset and your organizations needs, you can provide them with growth opportunities.
- Old school control won't work. They are resistant to authority. You must authentically care about them and relate with them. They will embrace accountability if they are aligned with the mission of the organization and they know that you care about them.
- Culture is huge--what words describe your company culture? Does it align with your workforce? What are your organizations values? Are there inconsistencies with what you've declared as your values and what your employees experience? Authenticity, integrity are huge here.
- Acknowledge them. Specific acknowledgments in the way they want to be acknowledged. They are unique individuals. Some will want to be acknowledged publicly and others will cringe at it, preferring to work behind the scenes.